Midfielder Scott McTominay says it was easy enough to transition into a defender during Friday night’s Scotland draw.

The Manchester United battler started in a three at the back formation alongside Scott McKenna and Kieran Tierney as Steve Clarke’s side drew 1-1 with Israel.

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Scotland  drew with Israel. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A Ryan Christie penalty gave the hosts a 1-0 lead heading into half time before an Eran Zahavi strike 17 minutes from time handed the Israelis a share of the spoils in this Nations League opener.

Manchester United man McTominay and the rest of the Scotland squad now travel to Czech Republic, where they will play a second-string Czech side after their senior team had to withdraw due to COVID-19 fears.


Speaking after the 1-1 draw with Israel, McTominay says that players should be able to switch positions at this level, taking accountability for his performances wherever deployed on the park.

“I thought we started well but second half was quite difficult,” McTominay said. “It was a poor game really in terms of chances created. I don’t think either team created as many chances as they should have.

“The message in the dressing room was that when we scored the next goal we keep a clean sheet, that was the main objective. It’s tough to take but that’s football. It’s a point that is disappointing but we look forward to the next game.

“We are all professionals and we should be able to adapt to different formations. I’m sure many of the boys have played a three or a five at the back. It’s about taking the messages on board and we know we can play better.

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Scott McTominay played centre-back on Friday. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“When the manager asks you to perform a slightly different role than what you are used to, you have to look at it, take responsibility for it. For me it was a simple one in terms of how I play at club level.”

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